Ekiti State Government has expressed willingness to remodel the popular Fajuyi memorial park to an ultra-modern recreational centre for tourists and fun-seekers.
Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Prof. Rasaki Ojo Bakare, who made this known during inspection of the facilitity, reaffirmed commitment of the Kayode Fayemi-led government to revolutionise its tourism sector for economic prosperity.
Bakare said concerted efforts were being made to restore the park’s past grandeur and even transform it to a modern amusement park and shopping arcade, with magnificent structures and attractions.
This, the Commissioner, said would be done to meet international standard to satisfy the yearnings of tourists and fun-seekers, adding the park would boost economy through revenue, employment generation and improve the well-being of the citizenry.
“With the approval of Governor Kayode Fayemi, my Ministry formally closed down the facility about three weeks ago so that the work of rebranding and restoring the place to a World-Class Family-Friendly amusement Park can commence
Fajuyi Park was not conceptualised to be an open beer parlour where all manners of illicit behaviours take place. That is even paradoxical to the memory of our hero whose name the facility bears. Therefore, the visionary JKF has directed my Ministry to restore the glory of the facility and even take it to a global standard.”
He added: “The new design would has a children amusement area with roller coasters, Bouncing Castel, Air train, Creative tyre sculptures and other children playground facilities. A shallow swimming pool with inflattable boats and other play gadgets; A large green area with beautiful green lawn, flowers and canopy trees.
“This area will also have creative seat platforms . This area is for picnics, quiet rests etc; A six floor tower named Ekiti Heroes Museum where the memorabilia, lsignias, records, sights and sounds including audio recordings of stories and Oriki of the first thirty icons of heroism in Ekiti will be mounted for research, excursion, and entertainment purposes”.